Boscombe Pier 5k, Silverstone Half Marathon and Parkruns

The final Boscombe Pier 5k of the winter, organised by Poole Runners, took place on Friday evening 13 March 2015. It certainly wasn’t bad luck for the three BAC athletes taking part, all of whom were winners. The overall winner was David Long, who completed the course in 16.13, and the winner of the ladies’ race (8th overall) was Heidi Tregenza, 18.12. In 26th place, and 1st 50-54, was Simon Hunt, 20.24. The only BAC award for the entire series was Paul Hill, who was 2nd in the M 20-39 category.

The next day, Saturday 14 March, there were so many PBs in Kings Park that questions were raised as to the shortness of the course! (Only joking – it was the same course as always!)  However, what was perfectly normal was that Paul Hill was 2nd in the Bournemouth Parkrun (in a PB, naturally ), behind Ian Harding, of Morpeth Harriers, who just managed to scrape in in under 16 minutes – 15.59 to be precise.  Other BAC athletes competing were Steve Cox, Alison Humphrey, Ian Graham (PB), Billy McGreevy (accompanying his brother, so definitely not a PB!) and Will Price.  A total of 358 finished.  In the Poole Parkrun, BAC‘s only representative was George Way, 16th of 539 finishers.

The following day, Andy Gillespie wore the only BAC vest to be seen in the Silverstone Half Marathon, which Andy completed in 1.39.04, 842nd of 6656 finishers.  Andy says of the race “my time was about right for my aims at VLM of as close to 3.30 as possible, or better!  My pace was up on the Lytchett so I am happy with progress.  It was a very cold windy race!”